Letter to Parents and Carers

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope this letter finds you and your family well. This week we received confirmation that, providing the final stage of the government’s road map goes ahead on Monday 19th July, schools and colleges can ease the restrictions that have been in place throughout the pandemic. We will, however, continue with them at the College until the end of term, with the removal of bubbles and social mixing being increased in September. The asymptomatic testing and contact tracing will also remain in place until the end of term, or the end of summer school if your child is involved. We are expecting more lateral flow tests to arrive in college early next week for distribution. However, please email Mrs Jewell if you are going to run out and she will be able to supply you with kits. If, after this time, you would like to continue testing, COVID-19 tests will be available to order on line or from your local pharmacy. When students return after the summer we will be opening the testing centre once again and participating students will undertake two lateral flow tests at the start of term followed by home testing until the end of September. I will write to you before the end of term to explain how we will operate this process.

This week at the college we have seen the continuation of ‘sports month’ our alternative to the traditional sports day. Competition has been fierce, with each House hoping that they will be awarded the ‘Langford Cup’.

Yesterday we had a photographer on site taking pictures for the new college website. They left full of praise of our young people and how they conducted themselves. It also reminded me how lucky we are to have such wonderful facilities and grounds that are maintained so well by the estate’s management team. I look forward to sharing with you the new website when it is launched later this year.

Greeting students on the gate this week has been even better with the company of Orlagh, the new school dog. She is settling into college life really quickly and the smile she puts on people’s faces when they arrive is wonderful. Please follow our Social Media page for updates on Orlagh’s training and her increasing role in college life.

I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend and that students have enjoyed their ‘extra day’.

Best wishes

Dr Ankers